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Water Conservation
8:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Groundwater Pipeline a Solution to Republican River Dispute

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Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas recently agreed to a pipeline to help solve the Republican River water dispute.  The pipeline would carry irrigation water pumped out of the aquifer north of Wray and deliver it to the North Fork of the Republican River near the Nebraska state line reported the Denver Post.

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Economy
8:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Texas Homeowners Insurance Rates No Longer Highest in the Nation

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Texans are no longer pay the highest homeowner rates in the nation.  They’re third highest.  KUT News reported rates are higher because figures not include the cost of windstorm insurance.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy

A Red-Tailed Hawk takes off from an idle turbine blade near Livermore, Ca.
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A new federal rule allows wind farms to obtain 30-year permits allowing the legal killing of bald and golden eagles reported Dan Frosch for the New York Times.  

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Religion
8:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Oklahoma: Satanic Temple Wants Monument Placed Next to Ten Commandments at Capital

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In 2009, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill allowing a monument of the Ten Commandments to placed at the capital.  The monument was not paid for by the state, but was donated by the sponsor of the bill, Mike Ritze, and his family recently reported The Economist.

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CD of the Week
9:54 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

'Foreverly' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

It’s an unlikely combination, but a really cool idea. Combine the leader of the most successful punk band of the last 20 years, a superstar jazz artist and a classic album from the 50’s and you get ‘Foreverly’. Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day and Norah Jones have re-interpreted/re-created the 1958 Everly Brothers record ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us’, a collection of traditional tunes. We will listen to it this week on High Plains Morning.

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Country Music Pioneer
5:15 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Ray Price remembered: reflective interviews and stories

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Ray Price was a true pioneer of county music – the living link from Hank Williams to the country music of today who bridged Texas honky-tonk and country crooning and introduced the shuffle beat and walking bass line.

NPR produced some fine remembrances of Ray Price this week that are worth a listen.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Ta Da! Christmas Magic: From Tumbleweed to Christmas Tree

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Despite stickers embedded in fingers and palms, I don’t want to give up my beautification project.  Nope, I’m not digging backyard sandburs. I’m decorating a Prairie Christmas tree. Yep, I’ve gone Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I’m turning a tumbleweed into a showcase for curling green, gold, and red ribbons accented by shiny ornaments.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Holiday Get Away Idea: Texas Hog Hunting

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Howdy Folks!

If you have some extra time this holiday season, I have a great outdoor idea.  Head on down to Texas, and go hog hunting.  It's economical; most hunts are around $150 per day and that includes lodging.

The internet is a great place to arrange your trip.  I do have a friend, Mark Ballette, at East Texas Exotics, and he'd be glad to help you out.

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

Values
8:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Pot Shops Give Growing Opportunity to Another “Garden City”

John Rotherham owns Nature's Herbs & Wellness Center in Garden City. His relatives work as trimmers. From left, aunt Judy Gochenour, mom Mary, dad John Rotherham and uncle Elmer Gochenour.

Garden City… Colorado, is on the edge of a busy highway intersection, nestled between Greeley on three sides, and Evans on the other.  It’s surrounded by communities banning recreational pot sales, but true to its history, Garden City is maximizing the opportunity presented by the legalization of marijuana according to the Denver Post.

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Harvest Public Media story
9:19 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Cattle producers want growth promoter back on the market

When the people from the drug company came out to visit Tyler Karney at Ordway Feedyard here on Colorado’s eastern plains, he was a little skeptical.

They said their product, Zilmax, could put another 30 pounds on an animal in the last days before slaughter. Then he started blending it into the feed for the 6,500 head of Holsteins at this huge feedlot.

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Education
8:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Texas Panhandle Schools Face Federal Sanctions for Poor Performance

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Seventeen Texas Panhandle schools are subject to federal sanctions, which could include closure, because of their poor performance.  The group is in the bottom 15 percent of Title I in the state according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Fracking Water Lines Spark Controversy in Northwest Oklahoma

A water line for hydraulic fracturing traverses an oil and gas access road in Woods County.
Credit Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

Fracking requires water, and temporary water lines snake across a lot of northwest Oklahoma to feed the beasts pulling oil and gas from the Mississippi Lime Shale.  It’s one of the state’s most productive plays, but landowners are irritated with the lines on their property that block gates, mailboxes, driveways, show up without warning, and can’t be driven over because the stiff plastic pipe catches and drags according to State Impact Oklahoma. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:07 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Amaryllis: What's in a Name?

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During a week when holiday blooms appear at every turn, we'll look at the history of the giant amaryllis bulb and pause from our shopping long enough to ask, "What's in a name?"  And then we'll learn about the confusion between South African and South American blooms that ultimately became world travelers with multiple monikers.  But no matter, because whatever they've been called over the past five centuries, they still say 'Season's Greetings' around the world.    

Amarillo City Government
8:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Consultant Recommends Parking Meters and Garage for Downtown Amarillo

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Downtown Amarillo revitalization leaders recently heard consultant recommendations for parking reported The Amarillo Globe-News.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Colorado is Best at Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases

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A recent report released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, gave Colorado the best ranking of high plains states for its ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks.

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Gun Control
8:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Colorado Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce New Gun Control Laws

John Cooke is among the Colorado sheriffs who are resisting enforcement of new state gun laws.
Credit Michael Ciaglo / The Colorado Springs Gazette

Some sheriffs are refusing to enforce the new gun laws in Colorado reported Erica Goode for the New York Times.  

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Harvest Public Media story
4:49 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he will talk to Chinese regulators about their slow pace in evaluating biotech traits.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to China this week to ask Chinese regulators to get on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to evaluating genetically modified crops.

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Kansas education funding
4:49 am
Wed December 18, 2013

All-day kindergarten funding may be common ground

Parent's tea party in a kindergarten classroom
Credit Quentin Hope

While the Kansas legislature and local school districts may be at odds over school funding, there may be common ground in a proposal to fund full-day kindergarten, according to a story from the Wichita Eagle.  The state now funds only half-days.

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Environment
8:01 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

High Yield, Water Efficient Wheat

The wheat plot on the right in Dr. Qingwu Xue’s drought tolerance study will produce more biomass and will have a higher yield under drought conditions than the plot on the left.
Credit Texas A&M AgriLife Research / Dr. Qingwu Xue

Drought tolerance in wheat has been increased through breeding over the years, but a group of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Amarillo wanted to determine what plant physiological characteristics were making the biggest difference.

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Holiday Programming
7:57 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

HPPR Christmas Programming

Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions.  Click here to see the full rundown of the programs, including links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line.  To download a printable calendar of all the programs, click here.  We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas and hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.

December contribution drive
7:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Going the extra mile with HPPR

US Highway 83, Logan County, Kansas
Quentin Hope

HPPR tries to go the extra mile for you, all year long.  By operating a network of 21 stations HPPR is able to serve you in your community and in your travels across the High Plains region.  There are real costs to power and maintain this network, expenses that are far higher per capita than an urban public radio station reaching millions of people with a single transmitter. 

We hope you’ll take a moment before the end of year to go the extra mile in supporting HPPR and the costs of its service to you and your community.  Just click on the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above. 

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Holiday Programming
2:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Paul Winter Solstice 2013: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 10 am CT

Paul Winter
Credit Rhonda Dorsett

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

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Holiday Programming
2:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Toast of the Nation: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9 pm CT

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.  Headliner Wynton Marsalis rings in 2013 Eastern Time playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

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Holiday Programming
2:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Year's Day Live from Vienna: Wednesday, Jan 1 at 10 am CT

Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year.  Click here for full details of the concert and its long tradition or download a copy of this year’s concert program.

Major support
1:15 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Giving an extra share … making a real difference.

There are currently about 40 individuals who make annual contributions of $1,000 a year or more to HPPR – some as high as $10,000 in some years.  These are individuals who give an “extra share” above and beyond supporting their own listening.  They’re also supporting the educational, cultural and civic service HPPR provides in their community and across the wider High Plains region.

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December contribution drive
12:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Donations of securities

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares or other securities may be an advantageous way of making a major contribution to HPPR.  You can avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for their full fair market value.  If making a donation, please make the transfer in the name of Kanza Society Inc., HPPR's legal incorporation, and Federal ID #48-0859735.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

2012 Drought Pinches Popcorn Sellers

U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory.
Quentin Hope

U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Nebraska Landowner Story

Credit Lori Potter / Kearney Hub

Jerry Stevens enrolled in the Rainwater-Basin Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, which restores and protects wetlands in fields under production by allowing center pivots to cross the rainwater basins. It's win-win. The program protects a wetland, and allows the producer to farm the circle around it.

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December contribution drive
5:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Help close the gap by year’s end

Amid all the debate over shrinking government, cutting funding and reducing deficits, support for HPPR is one area where there’s been action and real consequences.  HPPR’s funding from the State of Kansas has been cut by 78% from its peak level.  And support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has declined 27% since 2010.  That’s left a large budget gap that you can help cover with your end-of-year private contribution.  Contribute now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above or respond by mail to a letter you may have received from HPPR by December 31st to claim the tax deduction this year.

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Consider a tax-deductible gift to HPPR
4:15 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

HPPR's Year-End Giving Campaign Underway

As you reflect on the services you’ve counted on most in 2013, consider the hours you've spent listening to HPPR and make a tax-deductible gift of support to reaffirm the value of having public radio in your community. Or, if you prefer, you can call us now at 800-678-7444 to make your year-end contribution over the phone. 

Tax-deductible giving isn’t limited pledging. Giving a gift of stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares or other securities that have appreciated in value to HPPR, can allow you to avoid capital gains taxes and also receive a tax-deduction for your gifts full fair market value. If you have questions about giving securities, speak with your financial advisor or give us a call at 800-678-7444 for more information. For transferring a gift of securities use HPPR's federal tax ID (48-0859735) and legal name, KANZA Society Inc. More on giving securities ...

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